HIGH-SCHOOL

Orion boys' basketball falls 60-42 in Monmouth

Mindy Carls
Chargers trying to stop Titan Will Myers' shot are Tanner Williams, back, and Cory Stiles, front. Myers missed the shot in the third quarter on Friday, Jan. 27, in Monmouth.

Monmouth-Roseville overcame Orion 60-42 on Friday, Jan. 27, with about 700 screaming fans crammed into the gym as-small-as-a “Shoe Box” in Monmouth.

“It’s a tough place to play,” Charger coach Brent Hutton said. “Monmouth-Roseville has a nice team.”

On the previous Friday, Orion had clung to a  32-29 lead at Illini West going into the fourth quarter, but the Chargers let it slip away for their third loss, Hutton said.

With their record at 3-3 in the West Central North, the Chargers knew what they had to do on Friday.

“We talked coming in here that we had to have great possessions,” Hutton said. “We didn’t.”

The Titans were quick, he acknowledged.

Turnovers killed the Chargers, and so did poor shooting.

“We didn’t get good shots and Monmouth-Roseville did,” Hutton said. “If we had made 2-foot shots in the first quarter, the game would have been closer.”

Hutton was expecting to be more competitive.

“We had great practices,” he said. “We were a little tight at the beginning of the game. We got behind. Monmouth-Roseville is pretty tough when they have the lead.”

Friday night marked Monmouth-Roseville coach Chuck Grant’s 300th win.

Out of the conference race at 3-4, the Chargers will now refocus on a new goal, Hutton said. He plans to shape the team up for the postseason.

“We will have four conference teams at our place for regionals,” Hutton said. “It will help playing at home.”

During the week of Monday, Feb. 20, Orion will host the North’s Mon-Rose, Sherrard and Rockridge, as well as non-conference teams Mercer County, Biggsville West Central and Ridgewood.

Pairings will be announced Friday afternoon, Feb. 3.

“We need to keep working together to get better,” Hutton said. “We’re going to get things fixed."

Orion’s record slipped to 20-5.

STATISTICS

Friday, Jan. 27

Orion at Monmouth-Roseville in Monmouth

Mon-Rose 60, Orion 42

OHS    11    12    9    10—42

MRHS    16    20    14    10—60

Points scored: Trent DeDecker 15, Zach Kahley 6, Adam Killion 5, Cory Stiles 4, Dylan Schultz 4, Tanner Williams 4, Austin Anderson 2, Jake Schulenberg 2.

3-pt. field goals: Team 2, DeDecker 1, Killion 1. Mon-Rose 4.

Free-throw leaders: Team 12-19, Killion 2-2, Kahley 2-3, DeDecker 4-6, Stiles 2-4, Schultz 2-4. Mon-Rose 12-16.

Records: Orion 20-5 overall, 3-4 West Central North.